Spain sack coach Julen Lopetegui ahead of World Cup, appoint Fernando Hierro

Spain sack coach Julen Lopetegui ahead of World Cup, appoint Fernando Hierro

"You can not touch in two days what has been done in many years of work", said Hierro, who previously served as Spain's sporting director. We have no time to dwell.

Of course, with Lopetegui joining Barcelona's El Clasico rivals, it's no wonder Xavi agrees with the decision to get rid of him ahead of the World Cup. Hierro, the national team's sporting director, is due to address the media later on Wednesday. "Our opinions about what has happened are worth nothing now, we must turn the page, think about what we represent, Spanish football".

The 50-year-old Hierro's only real coaching experience came when he was in charge of second division Spanish outfit Oviedo for one season.

Hierro was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane left the post in 2014.

He was then out of his current role just hours later, only to be replaced by a man who played 584 matches for Los Blancos.

"We are going to touch as little as possible", he said.

'When the president told me about the possibility, there were three options. I have spoken with the players, and I can guarantee that they will do everything they can with the new coaching staff, we are in a very hard situation. "I know the circumstances and Julen's work has been fantastic and I wish him all the best", he said.

"I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger".

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Spain are unbeaten in all of Lopetegui's 20 games in charge as Spain boss.

Following a freaky morning, during which the Spanish players pleaded with Rubiales to keep Lopetegui in charge, it was decided that the manager's position had become untenable.

"The circumstances are what they are and from now on I accept the responsibility bravely, it can't be any other way. When we know we will tell you", Rubiales said.

He added: "I don't feel betrayed".

Lopetegui had signed a contract extension until 2020 just last month and Rubiales is reportedly angry at only being informed of his decision to join Real minutes before the European champions made the announcement public. "There's a way to act that needs to be fulfilled".

The Spanish giants have been on the hunt for a new manager ever since Zidane surprisingly stepped down last month, just days after winning his third consecutive Champions League trophy.

He won European championships with Spain's under-19 and under-21 teams in the early 2010s, but had a lacklustre stint with Portuguese team Porto in his only job with a major club.

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